Professional Experience: 

Mr. Purnell specializes in Estate and Trust Law.  He represents a wide range of clients with diverse needs.  His practice includes planning for minimizing Federal and State estate, gift and generation skipping taxes. 

It also includes asset protection and planning involving income farming and family businesses, same sex couples and also charitable gifting.  He represents clients with guardianship and elder care needs.  He also advises regarding both pre-mortem and post-mortem planning.

His estate and trust administration practice includes preparation of documents to open domestic and ancillary estates, preparation of filing of inventories and accountings, preparation of Federal and State estate tax returns, and preparation of gift tax returns.  He represents clients wishing to transfer situs of trusts to Delaware and terminate trusts.

Delaware, 1980
U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, 1980
U.S. Tax Court, 1989
Villanova Law School, LLM. (Taxation), 1983
Delaware Law School, J.D., 1980
Gettysburg College, B.A. 1977
Delaware State Bar Association (past Board member)
Sussex County Bar Association (past President)
Southern Delaware Estate Planning Council (Board member, past President)
Bryn Mawr Trust Company of Delaware (Advisory Board)
Personal and Community Activities: 
Delaware Community Foundation (past Board member, Sussex County Advisory Board)
Lewes Yacht Club (past Board member, past Commodore)
Lewes Yacht Club Foundation (Board member, past President)
Georgetown Millsboro Rotary Club (past Board member, past President)
Estate Planning Basics (NBI 2011)
Drafting Effective Wills and Trusts (NBI 2011)
2011 Delaware Trust Conference - Panelist - Planning for same sex couples
Howard Layton Series - Southern Delaware Estate Planning Council – Hot Topics (Spring 2011) - Planning Under the 2010 Tax Act
Estate Planning Issues and Techniques Affecting Civil Union Couples - Southern Delaware Estate Planning Council (November 2011)
2012 Delaware Tax Institute - Estate Planning in 2012
2012 Delaware Trust Conference - Planning for Special Assets
Tax Planning and Consequences of Probate (NBI 2012)
Closing the Estate and Other Issues (NBI 2012)
2013 Delaware Tax Institute - Portability Election
Using Living Trusts and Powers of Attorneys - Estate Planning (NBI 2013)
Basic Tax Considerations in Estate Planning (NBI 2013)
Business Succession Planning - Intra-family transfers of Businesses - Southern Delaware Estate Planning Council (September 2014)
Legal and Tax Consequences when Selling a Company (NBI 2014)